Wall Speedwell - Veronica arvensis

    Description

    Low to short, hairy plant usually erect 5 to 25 cm. Leaves triangular, the lower round toothed and short stalked. Flowers borne in leafy racemes, blue, small 2 to 3 mm in the axils of narrow upper leaves, and shorter than the calyx.

    Identification difficulty
    ID guidance

    Very small flowers in terminal racemes in the axils of bracts  (i.e a flower spike at the end of the main stem; no flower spikes in leaf axils where leaves join main stem); hairy; leaves usually toothed 

    Habitat

    Dry, open habitats, walls, gardens.

    When to see it

    March to October.

    Life History

    Annual.

    UK Status

    Common throughout Britain.

    VC55 Status

    In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 314 of the 617 tetrads.

    In the current Checklist (Jeeves, 2011) it is listed as Native, Frequent

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map